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GLENIUM ™ STREAM 2 Viscosity Modifying Admixture (VMA) for Rheodynamic ™ concrete Description GLENIUM STREAM


Viscosity Modifying Admixture (VMA) for Rheodynamicconcrete

Description GLENIUM STREAM 2 is a premier ready-to-use, liquid, organic, viscosity-modifying admixture (VMA) specially developed for producing concrete with enhanced viscosity and controlled rheological properties. Concrete containing GLENIUM STREAM 2 admixture exhibits superior stability and controlled bleeding characteristics, thus increasing resistance to segregation and facilitating placement.

The new technology of Rheodynamic concrete allows concretes to be obtained that can become compact without vibration, even with strongly reinforced structures.

A self-compacting mix should have a high workability

and high viscosity.

The fluidity of the mix is guaranteed provided there is no friction between the internal particles and the concrete can flow freely; segregation occurs when the components of the concrete separate out into mortar and large aggregates.

Reaching the right balance between fluidity and resistance to segregation – apparently opposing

properties – is essential for this type of mix. This balance

is lacking when the fluidity of the concrete is obtained by

adding water. Although a superplasticiser admixture gives high fluidity, alone it does not guarantee the necessary properties to ensure a good degree of self-

compacting. That is why GLENIUM STREAM 2 is a fundamental admixture when making Rheodynamic Concrete.


Rheodynamic™ Self-Compacting Concrete

Concrete containing gap-graded aggregates

Lean concrete mixtures

Concrete containing manufactured sand


Increased viscosity & thixotropic properties

Improved stability during transport & placing

Controlled bleeding

Reduced segregation, even with highly fluid mix

Enhanced pumping and finishing

Reduced sagging – dimensional stability

Enables flexibility in mixture proportioning

Mechanism of action GLENIUM STREAM 2 consists of a mixture of water soluble copolymers which is adsorbed onto the surface

of the cement granules, thereby changing the viscosity of

the water and influencing the rheological properties of the mix.

is chloride-free and


compatible with all cements. It is incompatible for

with naphthalene sulphonate based

superplasticiser admixtures.

It is possible with GLENIUM STREAM 2 to:



Refine the rheology of the mixes by increasing cohesiveness and eliminating bleeding;

Produce concretes distinguished by their great stability and strong capacity to retain water;

Make the mixture less sensitive to variations in sand grading, to the shape and moisture content of the aggregates and to the characteristics of the binders;

Obtain greater flexibility of choice and type of casts because of a low risk of segregation, greater pumping speeds and distances.

Typical Properties

Aspect Relative Density pH Chloride ion content

: Colourless free flowing liquid : 1.01 ± 0.01 at 25°C : > 6 : < 0.2%

Standards compliance

EFNARC - VMA Guidelines 2006

Specification Clause:

The viscosity modifying agent (VMA) shall be GLENIUM STREAM 2, an organic, ready-to-use, liquid admixture specially formulated for applications in Rheodynamic™ Concrete. The product shall comply with the EFNARC VMA guidelines 2006.

Rheodynamic™ Concrete Rheodynamic concrete is an ultra-stable form of self compacting concrete, a very flowable concrete mixture that is able to fill every part and corner of formwork, even in the presence of dense reinforcement, due to its high fluidity and stability. Rheodynamic Concrete is produced using a GLENIUM series, high range, water reducing admixture and, typically an organic viscosity modifying admixture such as GLENIUM STREAM 2. Rheodynamic Concrete is different from traditional self compacting concrete because of its enhance stability and other unique properties that include:

Slump flow of 500 – 800 mm

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because of its enhance stability and other unique properties that include:  Slump flow of 500
 Controlled rheology  Mixture proportioning flexibility  Reduced sensitivity to normal variations in aggregate

Controlled rheology

Mixture proportioning flexibility

Reduced sensitivity to normal variations in aggregate gradation

Increased resistance to segregation

Enhanced surface appearance

Predictable engineering properties and improved structural integrity and durability.

Directions for use GLENIUM STREAM 2 is a ready-to-use liquid admixture, which should be added to the concrete after all the other components of the mix. This is particularly important in order to obtain maximum efficacy.

For best performance it is advisable to continue mixing until the mix is completely homogeneous.

To produce Rheodynamic Concrete, GLENIUM STREAM 2 should be used in combination with the other superplasticizer admixtures of the GLENIUM range in order to guarantee maximum efficacy.

A slight decrease in slump or slump flow may be noted after the addition of GLENIUM STREAM 2 admixture due to the increase in concrete viscosity. If necessary, the slight decrease in slump or slump flow can be offset easily by a minor increase in superplasticiser dosage. Also, because of its thixotropic properties, concrete containing GLENIUM STREAM 2 admixture may stiffen if left in a mixing vessel or truck without agitation. Workability can be restored by simply remixing the concrete mixture.

GLENIUM STREAM 2 admixture has little to no effect on concrete setting time, sump retention, air content and compressive strength within the recommended dosage rate.

Dosage GLENIUM STREAM 2 is dosed at the rate of 50 to 500 ml/100 kg of cementitious material. Other dosages may be recommended in special cases according to specific job site conditions.

Packaging GLENIUM STREAM 2 is available in 210 kg drums.

Storage and Shelf life GLENIUM STREAM 2 must be stored where temperatures do not drop below +5°C. If product has frozen, thaw at +5°C or above and completely

reconstitute using mild mechanical agitation. Do not use pressurized air for agitation. Store under cover, out of direct sunlight and protect from extremes of temperature.

Shelf life is at 12 months when stored as above.

Failure to comply with the recommended storage conditions may result in premature deterioration of the product or packaging. For specific storage advice consult your local BASF representative.

Safety precautions As with all chemical products, care should be taken during use and storage to avoid contact with eyes, mouth, skin and foodstuffs (which can also be tainted with vapour until product fully cured or dried). Treat splashes to eyes and skin immediately. If accidentally ingested, seek immediate medical attention. Keep away from children and animals. Reseal containers after use. Do not reuse containers for storage of consumable item. For further information refer to the material safety data sheet. MSDS available on demand or on BASF construction chemicals web site.

Note All BASF Technical Data Sheets are updated on regular basis; it is the user's responsibility, to obtain the most recent issue. Field services where provided, does not constitute supervisory responsibility, for additional information contact your local BASF representative.

Disclaimer Whilst any information contained herein is true, accurate and represents our best knowledge and experience, no warranty is given or implied with any recommendations made by us, our representatives or distributors, as the conditions of use and the competence of any labour involved in the application are beyond our control.

TDS Ref. No. : GlnxxxS2/05/0109

BASF India Limited Construction Chemicals Division Plot No.37, Chandivali Farm Road, Chandivali ,Andheri(East)

Mumbai – 400072

Tel: +91 22 28580200, Fax: +91 22 28478381 e-mail: basfcc@vsnl.net www.basf-cc.co.in Page 2 of 2


Mumbai – 400072 Tel: +91 22 28580200, Fax: +91 22 28478381 e-mail: basfcc@vsnl.net www.basf-cc.co.in Page 2